Wednesday, April 29, 2009

5 Star Read

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper is, by far, one of the best young adult books I have read in years. My entire homeroom was stunned when they realized the book made me cry. "It was that good Mrs. _?" A high school senior and three of his friends head out after a basketball with a few beers in their bellies. One of the boys does not come home. Andrew Washington spends the rest of the novel attempting to cope with his guilt. This is one gripping read best left to strong of heart.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday Ten

I have decided that an alliterative theme would be nice for today. At work, we were discussing strange things people like to eat. I believe it was inspired by my brother's requests: iguana and some Andrew Zimmerman type craving, on his current trip to El Salvador. I do believe the rest of the family's list is not as unique.

  1. Ketchup on scrambled eggs.
  2. Salt on melon.
  3. Liver and onions.
  4. Spaghetti and mayo sandwiches. You'll have to ask my husband.
  5. Bologna and peanut butter, so says my mom.
  6. Sardines on crackers, with the oil says my pop.
  7. Lima beans with lemon pepper.
  8. Ice cream and pop tarts for my MIL.
  9. Creamed eggs with peas on toast.
  10. Hamburger gravy on mashed potatoes. Don't ask. It was a favorite at my elementary school.

Bon Appetite!

The Longest Read

I have finally finished a book. All that knitting has been throwing me off. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski is indeed a work of art. Pity really. At 562 pages I was not inclined to linger over passages once I hit the half way point. Read the Times' review - they always say it better.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

And On the Needles

This is Ishbel, my first lace project. Wish me luck that it will be done by the end of the week.

Off the Needles, Part 2

This cute little Baby Cardi was a free pattern from Ravelry. It was made from yarn that a co-worker dug out of her attic. She has a ton of kits left to her by her aunt and she is not enough of a knitter to work her way through them. This is yarn from a 1960's cardigan kit from Good Shepherd Zantuk Acrylic Sport Weight. I still have 6 ounces of this colorway, and 10 more of a blue flecked burgundy.

Off the Needles

Aren't they cute? I just finished Owls (rav link)last night. This was a fast knit of 6 skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky, colorway Avocado. I purchased the yarn at the GVHG spin in for February. At $5.00 a skein, I think that I got my money's worth. I only wish I enjoyed the fit as much. Notice this is a familiar theme in my sweater knitting. The pattern called for some serious back shaping that I did not like the look of. I was afraid that it would be too snug, and again, that was a mistake. Each and every piece I make is always a smidge too large. When, oh when, will I embrace the concept of negative ease? I still may go back and tink with the neck, it is a bit loose around the neck. Or, then again, a two minute trip to the dryer may fix everything.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Susan Boyle on Britain Got Talent
by dwarthy

This is wonderful!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

You Know Your Child is Clueless When...

  1. She purchases a travel ticket for the wrong day.
  2. She loses her wallet on that travel day.
  3. Her wallet contains her NYS tax refund.
  4. The NYS tax refund is signed.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Off the Bobbins

In the spirit of the day, click on the egg for the story behind these works of art.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mama Swanson's Money Saving Tips

  1. To save on your grocery bill send your husband and son to Florida for one week.
  2. To decrease your gas bill send your daughter to her grandparents for one week.
  3. To save on your weekly out of pocket spending send your daughter to her grandparents for one week.
  4. To flush the savings from items 1, 2, and 3 down the drain, allow one daughter home from college.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Count Down

Check me tomorrow night. This should be finished sans buttons by the end of tomorrow. How long can 18 rows of one chart and a neckband take?